Crabby customer charged with assault of store manager

A 61-year-old man slugged a store manager over seafood Monday afternoon, police said.

Perkins police arrested Ralph Barr, 61, 1000 block Tiffin Ave., for assault and criminal damaging after he repeatedly punched Kroger store manager Monte Erwin, 44, in a dispute over the price of crab cakes.

The store apparently made a mistake in the price of crab cakes, and Erwin offered to sell the man the first pound at a discounted price but the rest at the correct price.

Barr allegedly spit in the manager’s face, head-butted him and hit him five or six times in the face, breaking the manager’s glasses, according to reports. Barr claimed the manager hit him with a price gun. The manager told police he had a price gun around his wrist and might have hit the man while protecting his head but didn’t do so intentionally.

Witnesses said the manager didn’t fight back.

Barr did not appear for his scheduled court date Tuesday, but a new date will be set once he hires an attorney.

Kroger manager Ken Koch said Erwin was doing fine. He said they’ve never had a customer act that way before.

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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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